HOLY CHILD CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY AND INSTALLATION OF REVEREND BRIAN MEREDITH AS PARISH PRIEST
SEPTEMBER 16, 2017
BY Frank Flegel
”It was just a good time to celebrate the success of the parish,” said Reverend Danilo Rafael former pastor of Holy Child Parish in Regina’s Glencairn neighborhood, when he was asked about celebrating a 40th anniversary. Father Danilo was Pastor of Holy Child for six years before he moved to Holy Rosary Cathedral on August 1 with the traditional yearly shuffle of the diocesean priests. His leaving the parish had nothing to do with deciding to celebrate the 40th anniversary. “Some people celebrate a 10th or 25th or 50th,” said Father Dan as he is known, “we decided on a 40th.” Invitations were sent out and Archbishop Donald Bolen was invited to celebrate the anniversary mass. Several former pastors also attended the anniversary including Reverend Norman Marcotte who, although retired, regularly helps out at the Holy Child Parish.
Archbishop Donald Bolen, in his homily, spoke about Holy Child being named after the Incarnate Jesus coming to earth as a child. “Holy Child is a welcoming parish,” said Archbishop Donald Bolen. Referring to its welcoming of refugee families and that it has become to the go-to parish for seminarians who are performing their year of internship. Several well-known Regina priests now serving in archdiocesan parishes did their internship at Holy Child, including Archbishop Donald Bolen. The Archbishop said Holy Child parishioners have a strong reputation of cooperating and working together which is encouraging for seminarians.
Seminarian Ricardo Escalante, now serving his internship year at Holy Child, is originally from Trinidad where he worked as a lawyer. When he came to Canada he worked as a paralegal in Vancouver, and followed his call to the priesthood from there. He decided that rather than attend the seminary in Vancouver he wanted to study in Rome and while there he was introduced to Regina Archbishop Daniel Bohan, now deceased, while he was on a visit to Rome. Archbishop Bohan was impressed and asked him to come to the Regina Archdiocese as a seminarian. He is still completing a doctoral thesis from the Angelicum University in Rome, and if all goes well, could be ordained to the transitional diaconate in June. On Sunday morning, September 17, he was officially accepted as a candidate for holy orders.
The anniversary celebration mass was also the occasion to induct Reverend Brian Meredith as the new Pastor taking over from Reverend Danilo Rafael. As part of the induction ceremony, Archbishop Bolen escorted Meredith to locations in the church - the baptismal font, the Holy oils, the confessional, the ambo, the altar - and finally the presider’s chair next to the altar. At each location, Archbishop Bolen asked if he would faithfully serve the parishioners in his duty as pastor. Meredith responded each time, “With the help of God, I will.” The congregation too was asked at each location if they agreed to support Father Meredith and they also responded, “With the help of God, we will.”
After the mass and induction ceremony, the celebration moved to the hall for a banquet prepared by Holy Child parishioners. The program featured a reading of letters and e-mails from former pastors and parishioners remembering their time at Holy Child.